Important note: This is not a film review. I hope to be able to find and add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
Having been raised in boarding schools and having received funds from lawyers, Doris Wynne ( Betty Brown ) has no idea that her mother is Alys ( Virginia Hammond ), the partner of infamous swindler "Python" Grant ( Ernest Maupain ). Then, after Doris marries the wealthy Keith Bourne ( Harry Beaumont ), Alys and Python decide to fleece him of his fortune by catching him in a compromising position with Alys and then blackmailing him. Keith refuses to pay, however, and so Alys, unaware that she will speak to her own daughter, phones Doris with the details. Despondent, Doris seeks her mother's counsel, and so arranges with the lawyers to meet with Alys. When the women get together, Alys soon realizes her relationship to her victims. She advises Doris to believe in her husband and then turns Python in to the police just before killing herself. Doris takes her mother's advice and never learns of the woman's true role in the affair.
This 1916 silent was produced by the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, starring Virginia Hammond, Ernest Maupain, Harry Beaumont and Betty Brown. The survival status of The Discard (1916) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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